Shu Ren International School Programme of Inquiry (Click on blue shaded links to see individual unit planners)

Age

An inquiry into:

Who we are

An inquiry into:

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into:

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into:

How the world works

An inquiry into:

How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into:

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.              

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

3-4

Pre K3

Central Idea:

People use the five senses to explore the world.

 

Key Concepts: Form, Connection , Reflection

 

Related Concepts: Senses

 

Lines of Inquiry:

•Identifying and describing the five senses

•Linking the five senses to our learning and development.

•Senses as a way of exploring the world and finding out information

LP -  Inquirer

Subject focus - Language, PSPE, and Math

Central Idea:

Play enables people to learn to interact with others.

 

Key Concepts: form, causation, perspective

 

Related Concepts: Play

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Kinds of play activities and ways to play with each other

• The effects of behavior on effective play

• Differences in likes and dislikes of different play activities

LP - Caring and Open-Minded

Subject focus  - PSPE, Arts and Language

Central Idea:

Human activity connects to the Earth’s natural cycle.

 

Key Concepts: function, connection, change

 

Related Concepts: Seasons, cycles

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• The pattern of seasons

• Night and day cycles

• Health and safety as related to climate and seasonal changes

LP - Thinker and Reflective

Subject focus - Math, Science and Arts

Central Idea:

Living things have a range of different  needs that enable them to survive in the world.

 

Key Concepts: form, function, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Needs, Living Things

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Needs of Living Things

• How living things fulfill their needs

• People’s responsibility to fulfill their needs and pets needs

LP - Principled

Subject focus - Science, Language and Math

4-5

Pre K4

Central Idea:

Friendship is an opportunity to better understand others and self through shared experiences.

 

Key Concepts: form, perspective, causation

 

Related Concepts: friendship

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Understanding ourselves as individuals

• Learning about others and how they are similar or different from ourselves

• Shared experience as a basis for friendship

LP - Risk-taker and Open-minded

Subject focus - PSPE, Language and Math

Central Idea:

Travel differs around the world.

Key Concepts:change, responsibility, form

Related Concepts: transport

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• How transportation has changed

• Our responsibilities as travellers

• Different types of transportation around the world

LP - Knowledgeable and Inquirer

Subject focus - Science, Social Studies and Language

Central Idea:

Imagination is a tool for extending our ability to think and express ourselves.

 

Key Concepts: causation, form, perspective

Related Concepts: movement, creativity, sculpture, music

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• What we can use our imagination to make

• What imagination is

• The values of imagination

LP - Balanced and Communicator

Subject focus - Arts, PSPE and Social Studies

Central Idea:

The learning at school helps people work and live together.

 

Key Concepts: connection, function, perspective

 

Related Concepts: learning, education

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• School places and functions

• How people are shaped by the learning community

• Likes and dislikes about school learning

LP - Inquirer and Reflective

Subjects focus - PSPE, Language and Math

5-6

Kinder

Central Idea:

Celebrations are a form of expression  which are significant to each society.

Key Concepts: form, perspective, connection

Related Concepts: Celebrations

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Characteristics of celebrations

• Beliefs and values behind celebrations

• The differences between the celebrations of different cultures/societies

LP - Inquirer and open-minded

Subject focus - Math, PSPE  and Language

Central Idea:

Homes vary over place and time.

Key Concepts: form, change, connection

 

Related Concepts: Homes

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Characteristics of a home

• Changes in homes between cultures and environments.

• The connection between homes and needs of a family.

LP - Caring and thinker

Subject focus - Social Studies, Math, and Language

Central Idea:

Emotions can be expressed through art,

Key Concepts: form, reflection, function

 

Related Concepts: Visual art

Lines of Inquiry:

●   Defining visual art

●   Expressing ideas/emotions through art

●   Interpreting the art of others for ideas/expression

●   The methods and techniques of producing different kinds of expressive visual art

LP - Communication and reflective

Subject focus - Art, Language and Social Studies

Central Idea:

Weather changes and impacts life on Earth.

Key Concepts: form, function, causation

 

Related Concepts: Weather

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Types of weather systems

• Properties and patterns of weather systems

• The effects of weather systems on people and places

LP - Knowledgeable and balanced

Subject focus - Science, Social Studies and Math

Central Idea:

People make goods or provide services to support themselves and their family.

Key Concepts: function, connection, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Jobs

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• How people earn a living

• The connection between work and lifestyle

• People’s responsibility to take care of themselves and others through work

LP - Principled and Risk-taker

Subject focus - Social Studies, PSPE and Math

Central Idea:

Plants are affected by changes in their environment.

Key Concepts: connection, change, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Plants and habitat competition

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• How plants are connected to their environment

• Human activity changes the environment

• Responsibility of humans to maintain balance of  living organisms, humans, and animals

LP - Thinker

Subject focus - Science, Language and Math

Shu Ren International School Programme of Inquiry (Click on blue shaded links to see individual unit planners)

Age

An inquiry into:

Who we are

An inquiry into:

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into:

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into:

How the world works

An inquiry into:

How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into:

Sharing the planet

6-7

Gr 1

Central Idea:

Human relationships are based on the division of rights and responsibilities.

 

Key Concepts: responsibility, reflection, connection

 

Related Concepts: Rights, Responsibilities

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Essential Agreements as division of rights and responsibilities

• Learner Profile attributes and PYP attitudes to regulate relationships between people

• Strengths and areas for development of Learner Profile attributes and PYP attitudes

LP - Reflective

Subject focus - Language, PSPE and Social studies

Central Idea:

People who have stood up for others are often called heroes

 

Key Concepts: form, change, causation

Related Concepts: Heroes

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Attributes and characteristics of heroes who have stood up for others

• Change brought about by heroes

• Biographies and histories of important heroes and what caused them to become heroes

LP - Risk-Taker and Principled

Subject focus - Social Studies, Arts and Language

Central Idea:

Drama is a form of expression that impacts societies.

Key Concepts: function, reflection, connection

 

Related Concepts: Drama

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• How dramas are made and performed

• The ways drama teaches and lead to reflection

• How drama is connected to art

LP - Communicator

Subject focus - Art, PSPE and Language

Central Idea:

The world is made up of materials, which have different properties and uses.

 

Key Concepts: function, form, connection

 

Related Concepts: materials

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• What materials can be used for

* The properties of materials

* How the properties of materials are connected to its uses

LP - Knowledgeable and Inquirer

Subject focus - Math, Science and Art

Central Idea:

People use money or goods to exchange for things they want or need.

 

Key Concepts: function, change, perspective

 

Related Concepts: money, trade

 

Lines of Inquiry:

●   How goods and services are bought and traded

●   Changes that occur in value of goods and services

●   The ways people perceive value and money

LP - Balanced and Open-minded

Subject focus - Math, Social Studies and Art

Central Idea:

People can influence the environment by looking for ways to reduce waste.

 

Key Concepts: reflection, causation, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: recycling, sustainability

 

Lines of Inquiry:

●   Ways we can reduce waste

●   How reusing can cause less waste

●   Our responsibility to recycling.

LP - Thinker and Caring

Subject focus - Science, Math and Art

-8

G2

Central Idea:

People eat different foods that  can affect their health.

Key Concepts: causation, connection, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Nutrition

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Healthy choices and food

• Ways diet affects health and well being

• People’s responsibility with regard to nutrition and health

LP - Balanced and Open-minded

Subject focus - PSPE, Math and Science

Central Idea:

Family histories provide an insight into culture, family and the individual..

Key Concepts: form, causation, reflection

 

Related Concepts: Personal histories

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• The similarities and differences between family histories

• The impact family histories has on our life

• How we know about our family histories

LP - Inquirer and Risk-taker

Subject focus - Social Studies, PSPE and Math

Central Idea:

Stories can engage their audience and communicate ideas and feelings.  

Key Concepts: connection, form, reflection

 

Related Concepts: Fables, Myths, Legends

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• The basis or origin of stories

• The properties of stories

• The interpretation of stories

LP - Communicator and Thinker

Subject focus - Language and Arts

Central Idea:

Humans have impact on the water cycle and they have a responsibility to protect it.

Key Concepts: function, change, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: water cycle

 

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How the water cycle works
  • Human activities on the water cycle
  • People’s responsibility to conserve and protect water sources

LP - Principled and Reflective

Subject focus - Science and Social Studies

Central Idea:

Clocks and calendars were invented to organize and understand the world.

Key Concepts: function, change, perspective

 

Related Concepts: time

 

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How clocks and calendars work to tell the time
  •  How clocks and calendars have changed over time
  •  How calendars can be different

LP - Knowledgeable

Subject focus - Math and Social Studies

Central Idea:

Extinction impacts the environment.  

Key Concepts: causation, change, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Extinction

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Endangered animals and the causes of extinction

• The consequences of extinction and the changes it causes on the planet

• People’s responsibility to prevent extinction

LP - Caring

Subject focus - Science and Social Studies

8-9

G3

Central Idea:

A community depends on its members to promote a common interest and purpose in order to make a way of life.

 

Key Concepts: function, connection, perspective

 

Related Concepts: community

 

Lines of Inquiry:

•  How community initiatives aim to improve the life of the community

•  The ways community initiatives connect to the benefits as well as the costs

•  Pros and cons of community initiatives (points of view)

LP - Principled

Subject focus - Social Studies, Language and PSPE

Central Idea:

People move for new opportunities and this brings change to people and places.

 

Key Concepts: causation, change, perspective

 

Related Concepts: migration

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Reasons for migration

• Changes brought about by migration to people and places

• Pros and cons of important migrations (points of view)

LP - Open-minded

Subject focus - Social Studies and Math

Central Idea:

People use poetry to tell stories, express emotions and ideas.

Key Concepts:  form, connection, reflection

Related Concepts: Poetic literacy and Poetic devices

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Characteristics of poetry and poetic devices

• The connections between the human experience and poetry

• The meaning of poetry to our own lives

LP - Reflective and Risk-taker

Subject focus - Language and Math

Central Idea:

Living things grow and develop in stages, changing in form and function from one stage to the next.

 

Key Concepts: form, change, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: life cycles

Lines of Inquiry:

• Stages of life cycles in living things

• Changes that occur in organisms through life cycles

• The effects of human activity on life cycles

LP - Knowledgeable and Inquirer

Subject focus - Science and Math

Central Idea:

People participate in different ways to influence the decisions governments make.

 

Key Concepts: form, perspective, causation

 

Related Concepts: types of government, citizen participation

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Types of government

• Advantages and disadvantages of the types of government

• Ways in which citizens influence government

LP - Communicator and Balanced

Subject focus - PSPE, Social Studies and Language

Central Idea:

The production of energy affects the world we live in.

 

Key Concepts: causation, change, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Energy Production, consumption and impact

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• The impact that using energy has on the environment

• How energy production is changing

• Ways in which we can conserve energy and move to more sustainable (renewable sources of energy).

LP - Thinker and Caring

Subject focus - Science and Language

Shu Ren International School Programme of Inquiry (Click on blue shaded links to see individual unit planners)

Age

An inquiry into:

Who we are

An inquiry into:

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into:

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into:

How the world works

An inquiry into:

How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into:

Sharing the planet

9-10

G3/4

Central Idea:

The human body is comprised of many systems that need to be kept healthy. 

Key Concepts: form, function, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Human body, systems, health

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• The systems of the human body

• How the systems of the body work

• Our responsibility for maintaining a healthy body

LP - Knowledgeable and Thinker

Subject focus - Math, Science and PSPE

Central Idea:

Exploration leads to discovery.

Key Concepts: function, causation, change

 

Related Concepts: Exploration, geography, invention

Lines of Inquiry:

• Causes/Reasons for exploration

• How discoveries are connected

• The change brought about by exploration

LP - Risk-taker and Reflective

Subject focus - Social Studies, Language and Art

Central Idea:

Language and expression are used in the form of advertising to sell goods, services and ideas.

Key Concepts: function, perspective, causation

 

Related Concepts: Advertising

Lines of Inquiry:

• How people advertise goods, services or ideas

• The beliefs or values that advertising creates

• How advertisers influence us as consumers

LP - Communicator and Balanced

Subject focus - Language, Art and Social Studies

Central Idea:

The earth is part of a system within the universe.

Key Concepts: form, connection, change

 

Related Concepts: Solar system, orbit, tides, gravity

Lines of Inquiry:

• The composition of the solar system

• The relationship between objects in our solar system.

• The movement of the Earth and the changes it causes

LP - Inquirers

Subject focus - Science, Math and Social Studies

Central Idea:

Food is produced, supplied and distributed, impacting people and the environment.

Key Concepts: function, causation, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Consumption, supply and demand

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Systems involved with food production

• Consequences of food production on the environment

• Our responsibility as consumers

LP - Caring and Principled

Subject focus - Math, Social Studies and Science

Central Idea:

Human conflict arises out of limited resources and conflict resolution takes many forms.  

Key Concepts: causation, change, reflection

 

Related Concepts: Conflict Resolution

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Reasons for human conflict

• Consequences and changes arising out of human conflict

• Reflecting on the effectiveness of how we resolve conflict.

LP - Open-minded

Subject focus - Language, Social Studies and PSPE

10-11

G4/5

Central Idea:

Religions are organised systems of belief used to worship god or gods that can vary between cultures.

Key Concepts: form, connection, perspective

Related Concepts: Religious identity

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Characteristics of religions

• The connection between religions and culture of a society and the lives of individuals

• The difference and similarities of beliefs across cultures and religions

LP - Open-minded and Inquirer

Subject focus - Social Studies, Arts and PSPE

Central Idea:

Conflict leads to change.

Key Concepts: causation change responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Conflict

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Historical causes of conflict

• Changes that occur in and out of conflict across societies

• An individual’s responsibility during and after conflicts

LP - Knowledgeable and balanced

Subject focus - Social Studies, Math and Language

6

Central Idea:

Film has put stories onto the screen and has been a conduit for the expression of the human experience. .

Key Concepts: form, reflection, perspective

 

Related Concepts: Cinematic Expression

Lines of Inquiry:

• The characteristics of film

• What film teaches us about our own lives and human experiences

• The different points of view promoted by films

LP - Communicator and risk-taker

Subject focus - Art, Math and Science

Central Idea:

Organisms change over time according to environmental and genetic factors and this increases the diversity of life on Earth.

Key Concepts: change, causation, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: Adaptation

Lines of Inquiry:

• How genes and natural selection change an organism

• The causes behind adaptation

• People’s responsibility about how their actions affect organisms and adaptations

LP - Knowledgeable and reflective

Subject focus - Math Social Studies and Science

Central Idea:

Communities can build systems, which connect people to services.

Key Concepts: function, connection, responsibility

 

Related Concepts: The grid, systems

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• How the grid works and the systems that make up the grid

• How the grid connects people and communities and affects their lives

• Our responsibility to each other and to the grid

LP - Knowledgeable and thinker

Subject focus - Math Social Studies and PSPE

Central Idea:

Individuals and groups have faced discrimination and laws have been created or changed to address this.

Key Concepts: form, causation, perspective

 

Related Concepts: Civil and Human Rights

 

Lines of Inquiry:

• Definitions of discrimination,  civil and human rights

• Discrimination and civil rights movements

• What are the historic points of view related to civil rights movements

LP - Principled and caring

Subject focus - Language,  Social Studies and PSPE

One of the above 5th grade units to be replaced with the exhibition. This will be decided upon by the teachers and PYP coordinator.

Link to Shu Ren Language Policy

Link to Shu Ren Assessment Policy

Link to Head of School Job Description

Link PYP Coordinator Job Description

Link to PYP Language Scope & Sequence

Link to PYP Math Scope & Sequence

Link to PYP PSPE Scope & Sequence